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Top 5 Tips for Self-Publishing

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Anne is a writer and teacher with a passion for self-expression and publishing.

The Ultimate Goal

Every self-published author wants to be able to see their book on the shelves of a bookstore, but it takes a lot of work to get to your ultimate goal as a writer.
Every self-published author wants to be able to see their book on the shelves of a bookstore, but it takes a lot of work to get to your ultimate goal as a writer.

The Self-Published Author

Have you decided to self-publish a book? If so, there is a lot you need to consider before going forward. What’s the end result? What are you hoping to accomplish by self-publishing? All of these are things that you want to think about. Most people choose self-publishing because it is the easy way to get your book published fast. Sending out query letters to agents and trying to find a literary agent nowadays is so difficult. Many people would rather self-publish simply to avoid wasting years on rejection letters. However, it is important for you to weigh your possibilities when it comes to publishing.


Tip #1: Choose a Reliable Site

Pick a reliable site to self-publish your book on. Kindle Direct Publishing is one of the best ways to self-publish a book, and it is simple and easy to use. You can sell your e-book and print book on the site, and you don’t have to pay anything, it is completely free. Shop around for multiple self-publishing sites and compare them to see which site is best suited to your own personal needs.

Build Your Web Presence

All authors have a website, so it's important to start building your online presence as soon as possible.
All authors have a website, so it's important to start building your online presence as soon as possible.

Tip #2: Create a Website

Most self-published authors and authors in general have their own websites. Create your own website where you can showcase and promote your work as well as blog about your experiences. A social media presence is also a good idea, so get a Twitter account and link it to your website. People are much more likely to buy your book and be interested in it if they know you have a website and a social media presence, because they want to follow you and get to know you, not just as a writer, but as a person. Invest the time now in giving yourself this digital presence so that you can gain a larger audience.

Tip #3: Know Your Market

If you don’t understand the market that you are trying to self-publish this book in, chances are, you won’t achieve much success. You need to think about the big picture and how you are going to appeal to competing books in your genre. How will you gain readers and interest in your book? If you are planning on self-publishing, the majority of this forethought is going to need to be done by you and you alone.

Tip #4: Attend Lots of Events

In order for you to be successful as a self-published author, you will need to attend lots of events and take care of your own promotions for your book. See what types of community events are happening in the area or conventions where you can showcase and possibly sell your book. Also ask local bookstores if they would be willing to have you come in and do a reading from your book. It never hurts to ask! You are the person in charge of your own success when you self-publish your book.

KDP

Kindle Direct Publishing is just one of the self-publishing platforms that you can use to self-publish your book.
Kindle Direct Publishing is just one of the self-publishing platforms that you can use to self-publish your book.

Tip #5: Be Persistent

If you don’t go out and get what you want in the self-publishing field, you are more than likely not going to get it. As a self-published author, you have to advocate for yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. This puts a lot of pressure on you, but it also affords you the most freedom in deciding how you want to do things, how you want to present yourself to the public, and ultimately how you manage your publication career.

The Ball Is In Your Court

The best thing about becoming a self-published author is that everything is in your control. With that being said, it is a big responsibility and a lot of hard work in order to keep pushing forward. You have to carry the determination and the job to get the job done and be successful. Only you are in charge of your own destiny, so go out there and make the impact on the world that you have always wanted!

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